Agricultural and agrifood cooperative groups D'Aucy and Triskalia notified the Autorité de la concurrence of their planned merger.
The Autorité identified a number of risks of significant harm to competition in the markets for the collection of cereals, oilseeds and protein crops, agricultural supplies and retail distribution of gardening, DIY, outdoor amenities and pet shop.
In response to these competition concerns, the parties presented commitments covering the different aspects. They committed themselves to divest of 20 cereal, protein and oilseed crop collection infrastructures and 6 sales outlets operated until now by D'Aucy and Triskalia under the brands Gamm vert and Point vert.
They also committed to amend their articles of association to give agricultural holdings more freedom in terms of the volume of cereals they must contribute to the cooperative and agricultural supplies they must buy from it (that is to say seeds, phytosanitary products, fertilizers and amendments, but also agricultural equipment and veterinary products).
|The divestitures mean that stores will change retailer rather than close
The divestitures, which are subject to commitments, are justified by the disappearance of local competitive pressure on the new entity after the transaction.
Regarding the market for the retail distribution of gardening, DIY, landscaping and animal products, the objective of divestiture commitments is to enable the stores and their activities to be taken over by a competitor of the new entity, in order to maintain dynamic competition in the affected catchment area and ensure that consumers have continued access to a diversified choice of DIY, home decoration and gardening products.
Regarding the markets of cereal, protein and oilseed crop collection, the same approach guided the conditions related to the divestiture of the silos and platforms by the operators.